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Equality and Social Justice Matters

by Charmaine McIntosh | on March 27, 2021

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In our society we see inequality and injustices every day.  It is the responsibility of each individual to promote equality and social justice.

What is Equality?

The Canadian Human Rights Act states, “all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability or conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.”1 

What is Social Justice?

There is no one definition. Lewis et al. as cited in Kennedy and Arthur (2014) defined social justice as a “perspective grounded in the belief that every individual has the right to quality education, appropriate health care services, and equal employment opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, and other individual characteristics” (p. 188). 

The issues of inequality and social injustice permeate our society and impact our mental health and wellbeing - they matter! We need to have awareness so that we can honour, value and respect the diversity of people and take action for equality, social justice and mental wellness. 

References
1. Government of Canada. Canadian Human Rights Act R.S.C., 1985,c.H-6. https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/ acts/h-6/FullText.html 
2.  Kennedy, B.A. & Arthur, N. (2014). Social justice and counselling psychology: Recommitment through action, Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 48(3), 186–205. https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/ article/view/61013 






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